US Airways Flight 1549 in the Hudson River

This is video from the coast guard of the initial crash and subsequent rescue effort.  It is remarkable how quickly the doors are opened and people are moved out onto the wings.  There were clearly a lot of heroic actions that day.

  • At one point you can see someone reaching down from the wing to pick someone else out of the water.
  • The pilot, Chesley B. “Sully” Sullenberger III, walked the plane twice to be certain everyone had made it out before leaving himself.
  • One of the crew gave his shirt to a passenger who was freezing.
  • Many people on the “rescue” ferries gave up their clothes as well on an incredibly cold day.

What other heroic things did you hear about from this amazing event?

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5 Responses to US Airways Flight 1549 in the Hudson River

  1. Christopher January 17, 2009 at 10:30 pm #

    I just blogged about this myself – what I love about this whole thing is the public grassroots approach to gratitude for the pilot. Already, he’s become an internet star (in a good way), with thousands upon thousands of people posting publicly their thoughts of thanks and admiration. The whole episode is just beautiful.

  2. Matt Langdon January 17, 2009 at 10:35 pm #

    Absolutely. The Facebook page is wonderful. I think people were ready for a hero.

  3. Michael January 18, 2009 at 12:09 am #

    I have mixed feelings about the incident. On one side I think the peoples reactions including the Pilot’s and the quick rescue response are commendable. Some of the close by boats were there withing seconds, or a few minutes at most.

    The intitial river landing I think the Pilot did what he thought was best for the passengers, crew, and himself. Incredible job, and very well done, but it was what followed that I think deserves the accolades.


  4. Matt Langdon January 18, 2009 at 10:18 am #

    Agreed. The landing wasn’t heroic, it was just crazy skillful. There was obviously self-preservation going on there. However, no-one needed to help anyone else afterward. That’s where the heroic stuff started happening. Good point.

  5. steven January 19, 2009 at 4:38 am #

    “However, no-one needed to help anyone else afterward. That’s where the heroic stuff started happening. ” While channel surfing, I saw an interview of a couple of the passengers from the flight, they talked about how they noticed the small children on the plane. In a situation such they were in, I find it somewhat heroic the few made sure the children and their mother made it out of the plane and into safety. I also heard another interview of one of the “rescuers” (as the media has called them), the Coast Guardsman described getting the mother, toddler, and infant onto their boat and how once the three were onto the second level of the boat “we heard crying which was the best thing we heard”.

    On a radio station from Grand Rapids, the DJ had people call in with how they thought the pilot should be awarded. One of the callers said the Congressional Medal of Honor which is only available for those in the military. I hate to say it but I do not think he should be even considered. With no offense to him, but I think he should be awarded something more suitable for a civilian.